|“I used to repair noodle trucks for Master Chen and his underground organization. When you put him out of business, you put me out of business.”|
|— The Mechanic to Lloyd in "Enkrypted"|
The Mechanic is a well-known criminal and a former employee of Master Chen who was at one point imprisoned in Kryptarium Prison. During the Second Serpentine War, the Mechanic was affiliated with the Anacondrai warriors, repairing noodle trucks for the underground crime organization. After the Anacondrai warriors were banished, the Mechanic went out of business with his employer having been cursed. Due to his involvement with Chen, he was locked up in Kryptarium Prison, where he earned the name "The Mechanic."
After the Battle of Stiix, the ninja were imprisoned in Kryptarium after being framed for several crimes. Upon entering the prison, they were confronted by the inmates, including the Mechanic, who was vengeful after the ninja defeated Chen and put him out of work. When the inmates started fighting the ninja, the Mechanic went after Zane to steal some of his robotic parts but thanks to P.I.X.A.L. he was stopped from doing so. Following Jay's final wish, the ninja were never sent to Kryptarium and the Mechanic didn't confront them.
At some point, the Mechanic escaped Kryptarium Prison, but was defeated by Kai and Zane and was subsequently placed back in prison.
However, the Mechanic managed to escaped Kryptarium Prison again and associated with a mysterious AI named Unagami.
- 1 History
- 1.1 During and after Tournament of Elements
- 1.2 Skybound
- 1.3 Sons of Garmadon
- 1.4 Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu
- 1.5 Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu
- 1.6 After Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu
- 1.7 Prime Empire Original Shorts
- 1.8 Prime Empire
- 2 Personality
- 3 Appearance
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Appearances
- 6 Behind the scenes
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Gallery
- 8.1 Promotional media
- 8.2 In Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
- 8.3 In other media
- 9 References
During and after Tournament of Elements
Before Master Chen's banishment to the Cursed Realm, the Mechanic made money repairing the noodles trucks of the Anacondrai warriors. After their defeat at the Corridor of Elders, the Mechanic was arrested and sent to Kryptarium Prison where he swore revenge on the ninja with the intent of tearing Zane apart for parts.
When the ninja arrived at Kryptarium for being framed for a crime spree, the Mechanic opened his and several other inmates’ cell doors, leading them to confront the ninja. Explaining his situation to Lloyd, he demanded they hand over Zane to use as spare parts in exchange for the grievances he believed the ninja had caused. However, before he could take any action, Warden Noble arrived, ordering him and Lloyd to shake hands.
During the following meal in the cafeteria, the Mechanic confronted the ninja again but was dismissed by them as at most a fourth-tier bad guy. Infuriated, he started a fight during which the Mechanic dragged Zane away, determined to take him apart. However, an electric shock orchestrated by P.I.X.A.L. sent the Mechanic flying back and he was returned to his cell by the guards before he was able to inflict any further damage to the Nindroid.
The Weekend Drill (flashback)
When Cole is riding his Earth Driller, Warden Noble calls him and informs him that there are problems in the Kryptarium prison. Cole guesses what happened and mentions the Mechanic and Sons of Garmadon.
Later, the Mechanic was seen in the Kryptarium Prison several times, sharing one cell with a Sons of Garmadon member, watching the fight between Cole and Giant Stone Warrior, and later throwing random objects at Cole, for defeating and placing Giant Stone Warrior and Killow back into their cells.
While in the exercise yard, a newspaper comes at the Mechanic, who reads it, and discovers that the ninja are gone before relaying the news to Ultra Violet, who tells him they breakout after lights out. Later that night after the guards turned off the lights, the Mechanic used his robo-arm to get the keys to his and Ultra Violet's cells before they escape through a tunnel she had dug in the prison. Once they reached the sewers, the Mechanic and Ultra Violet argue about who they thought was the worst (Zane or Nya) before Fugi-Dove shows up, telling them it is Jay. Once they heard Ultra Violet's story about her capture, the Mechanic tells her and Fugi-Dove about the time Nya stopped him and later stole his Noodle Truck of Crime before eventually listening to Fugi-Dove's story about his hatred for Jay, only to easily find it false, until they reach a grate, and start to make plans for crime breaking, only to end up captured by Samurai X when they had inadvertently triggered her hidden sensors, resulting in the three recaptured prisoners to proclaim her as the worst.
After Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu
Sometime at this point, the Mechanic managed to break out from Kryptarium Prison again. Then he was confronted by Unagami and he decided to help him with his plan, thus beginning preparations for the release of Prime Empire. Unagami then created or improved the Mechanic's Noodle Truck of Crime. The Mechanic was also associated with some henchmen by this point.
When Nya and Jay arrive at Benny's Arcade Emporium, Lloyd calls them and notifies them that they've received a report of the Mechanic breaking into a warehouse.
After stealing money from the Ninjago City Bank, the Mechanic went to his headquarters and told a computer about the Noodle Truck's upgrades. When the Mechanic asked if the computer can reveal his identity to him, the computer replied that he'll reveal his identity when the time is right.
After failing to use a noodle machine in his Noodle Truck, the Mechanic asks the computer if he was able to get a robo-arm that is able to feel things. Luckily for the Mechanic, the computer was able to print blueprints of the arm, which the Mechanic quickly built. After testing out the robo-arm, the Mechanic once again questions the computer's identity again, only for the computer to reply that his name is Unagami.
The Mechanic and his henchmen enter an old electronics warehouse and steal the Prime Empire motherboard. However, they are spotted by the ninja so he escapes in his noodle truck. After a short chase through the streets, he is captured and arrested when Cole ties him to a pole.
While the ninja were investigating his hideout, Jay finds an old arcade cabinet which is titled Prime Empire. He inserts the recovered motherboard into the cabinet and a wave of red energy bursts from the machine. Before being escorted to the Ninjago City Police Station, he laughs wickedly as he hears the shockwave of red energy pass through.
The Mechanic was interrogated by the ninja about the mysterious V-shaped symbol as well as Unagami, the latter surprising him. He then told them it was too late and it had already started. Lloyd then has the Commissioner take the Mechanic away while he gloats. As he was still gloating with officers dragging him, he peeks his head at the doorway to resume gloating before the Commissioner closes the door on his face.
Later, the Mechanic and the prisoners invaded Borg Tower to retrieve the original Arcade Pod. When they finally make it upstairs, the prisoners fight off the ninja and the Mechanic tells Lloyd that Unagami plans to start a new revolution and that he'll be serving at his side. Moments later, Lloyd attempts to enter Prime Empire but was stopped by the Mechanic. However, the Mechanic was pushed by Zane, allowing the ninja to enter Prime Empire while Zane escapes with P.I.X.A.L. and Cyrus Borg. When Soto tried to go after him, the Mechanic stops him, saying that they're only at Borg Tower to retrieve the original Arcade Pod. Although, when the Mechanic pressed the start button, the Arcade Pod wouldn't work, as Zane took the Prime Empire motherboard when he escaped with P.I.X.A.L. and Cyrus.
The Mechanic and his henchmen ambush Zane and P.I.X.A.L. while they are investigating Buddy's Pizza. Zane is electrocuted by one of the Mechanic's gadgets. When P.I.X.A.L. checks to see if he's alright, but she too is electrocuted by The Mechanic.
The Mechanic explains to Zane that they are building the Manifestation Gate which requires Energy cubes from the players who lost all of their lives. The Mechanic then demands the Prime Empire motherboard, but Zane claims he destroyed it. Knowing that he's lying, The Mechanic unveils Wu who was captured earlier by henchmen. He goes as far as to threaten to harm Wu, so Zane finally confesses and gives him the motherboard. The Mechanic inserts the motherboard in the Manifestation Gate and also uses Zane for a power source despite having a high risk of being destroyed. A portal is created and The Mechanic waits for Unagami to enter.
Once the Manifestation Gate was complete, an anger-riddled Unagami escaped Prime Empire, along with his armies and the AI within the game. The Mechanic and his henchmen were overwhelmed by the spectacle and, ironically, ran away from the master they were serving.
The Mechanic is sadistic, such as when he attempted to remove parts from Zane and used him to power up the Manifestation Gate.
He also has a bit of pride, as when he made up the story about how Nya stole his noodle truck.
At rare times, he was a coward, such as when he ran away after the Manifestation Gate started to go unstable.
The Mechanic is a middle-aged man with brown teeth and one golden tooth and small mustache. As shown in his anime version, his eyes are gray. He originally had circles under his eyes, cheekbones and wrinkles on his face, but those have disappeared since the animation studio changed from WILFilm ApS to WildBrain. He always wears a black hat with on which is placed a piece of a nindroid mask with three blue lights that covers his eye. These lights are red in Season 8. Since Season 11 he has a red ribbon on his hat. He does not have a left arm, so he has a robo-arm instead, which has two versions, either regular or as a flamethrower.
When enclosed in the Kryptarium he has a plain white prison jumpsuit with gray stripes and gray legs. He doesn't have a sleeves. He has metal parts and cables on the jumpsuit that hold his robo-arm.
In his civilian clothes, he has a beige sweater, on which he has placed metal parts and cables that hold his robo-arm. He also has a long torn red coat, pale gray pants and since Season 11 he also has gray shoes.
- Main article: The Mechanic's relationships
Behind the scenes
- He uses part of a Nindroid's head as part of his head.
- The eye part of the Nindroid head changes is blue, but it appears red in Season 8 and the "anime" portion of "The Absolute Worst".
- This makes him the third character to be human but have cyborg parts, the first being Cyrus Borg and the second being Wu in Rebooted, and followed by Iron Baron, Daddy No Legs, and Arkade.
- In one of the Ninjago Magazines (see below), he is shown having two robo-arms instead of one.
- Season 12 marks his first major antagonistic role. In all his other appearances, he only appeared in one episode and was a minor antagonist. In Season 12 he is the secondary antagonist as he was the one who commandeered the bringing of Unagami into the living world.
- Since Season 11, his cheekbones, wrinkles, and the circles under his eyes were removed from his face design.
- There are several differences between his regular and anime versions:
- Despite he has brown teeth with one gold tooth, his anime version has all the teeth white.
- In his anime version he doesn't have a red ribbon on his hat.
- He doesn't have a glove on his hand in his anime version.
- His regular version has a yellow-green sweater, but his anime version has a gray prison jumpsuit.
- In his anime version, he has no metal parts and cables on his chest.
- His robo-arm is bigger and has a different look.
- His anime version has a belt, but the regular version does not.
- His regular version has a torn coat, but the anime version has it intact.
- The only season in which he does not appear in his civilian clothes is Season 6. In Season 11, he appeared in these clothes only in his story.
- One of the pirates in Captain Soto's crew has the same face as the Mechanic before Season 11 (first from the left in this picture).
- He uses a recolored hat piece of Dr. Rodney Rathbone from LEGO Monster Fighters.
- His Minifigure has the Nindroid eye piece printed on his head rather than being molded to his bowler hat as a physical piece. He also lacks leg and arm printing.
- His real name is unknown.
- He is the prisoner who escaped from Kryptarium the most times. He ran away before Season 8, during Season 11, after Season 11 and during Season 12.
- According to him, the absolute worst ninja is Nya, although at the end of the episode "The Absolute Worst", together with Ultra Violet and Fugi-Dove, he agrees that Samurai X is the worst.
- Although he wants to get Zane's spare parts in Season 6, he doesn't show interest in them in his appearances in other seasons.
- He is suspected in 37 unsolved criminal cases.
- Lloyd originally thought it was the Mechanic, not Ronin, who had built a fake Wojira and robbed the Keepers.
- When asked if there are things we don't know about him, Tommy Andreasen replied, "His name? Shoe size? Obviously lots."